UMES PLAYS CLOSE SECOND GAME BUT FALLS IN TWINBILL TO DELAWARE STATE
April 20, 2012
DOVER, Del. - After falling in game one 12-0 to Delaware State, UMES was neck-and-neck with the Hornets in the second contest, but DSU walked off in game two 3-2 to sweep the doubleheader. The Hawks fall to 8-9 in the MEAC and 9-30 overall while Delaware State goes to 13-1 in conference play and 23-14-1 on the season.
Game one started as a pitching duel, with UMES's Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) (1-5) and DSU's Jordan Elliott (7-2) each going through the first two innings without a hit. Witte went through the DSU order 1-2-3 each inning to start.
In the third, Witte again started strong, retiring the first two batters. But, the Hornets pieced together a walk and three straight singles, capped by a two-run single by Cameron Cecil, for an early 2-0 lead.
Witte pitched a scoreless fourth to keep the game at 2-0 through four.
In the fifth with runners on the corners and two out, Ryan Haas drove in a pair of runs with a single. DSU followed with a pair of walks and three RBI hits to take a 7-0 lead.
The Hornets put five more runs across in the bottom of the sixth, aided by a pair of errors for four unearned runs, taking a 12-0 advantage.
UMES threatened with first and second and two out in the top of the seventh against Elliott, but the Hawks could not crack the DSU starter and was shut out in game one 12-0.
Elliott threw a complete game with all seven innings thrown, not allowing a run with five strikeouts. The loss went to Witte, with seven runs charged in 4.2 innings pitched.
The second contest had a very similar start, as UMES's Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) and DSU's Matt McClain (6-3) began another pitching duel.
The Hawks tried to strike first in the top of the second in game two, getting first and third with nobody out off a Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) double and Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) single, but a double play ended the threat without a run for UMES.
Foreman went through the first three innings allowing just one hit, but DSU got on the board in the fourth. Cecil reached on a fielding error and Eddie Sorondo singled two batters later to put runners on first and second. JP Frey singled down the left field line to score Cecil. Later, Sorondo scored during a delayed double steal by DSU, giving the home team a 2-0 lead off a pair of unearned runs charged to Foreman.
In the sixth, UMES rallied to tie the game. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) each hit one-out singles to get first and second. Two batters later, Fleetwood reached on a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing Bull to score and Campbell to reach third. Wylie followed on the next at bat with a ground ball single to left center to tie the game at two.
Through six-and-a-half, the score was still deadlocked at two. Foreman exited the game having thrown six innings, allowing just two unearned runs with four strikeouts.
Despite this, Troy Drummond singled to right with two outs to score DJ Miller from second off James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-5) in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Delaware State to walk off with a 3-2 victory.
McClain earned the victory, finishing with a complete game with two unearned runs. Smith got the loss, with a run charged in the final inning, finishing with two-thirds innings pitched with a strikeout.
In the doubleheader, Campbell extended his bases reached streak to 32 consecutive games, going 1-for-3 in each contest. Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) hit safely in each game, going 3-for-5 combined with a double. Wylie went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the second game.
Haas led the Hornets in game one with a 2-for-4 contest, scoring twice and driving in three. Drummond went 3-for-9 with a pair of runs scored and the game-winning RBI in the second contest.
UMES will look to win the final game of the series on Saturday when the Hawks return to Dover for a 1 p.m. game against the Hornets.